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Monica Puig

Monica Puig
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Puig at the 2019 French Open
Full nameMonica Puig Marchán
Country (sports) Puerto Rico
ResidenceChicago, Illinois
Born (1993-09-27) September 27, 1993 (age 29)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro2010
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachDorian Descloix
Prize money$3,542,294
Career record303-215 (58.5%)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 27 (26 September 2016)
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open3R (2016)
French Open3R (2013, 2016, 2019)
Wimbledon4R (2013)
US Open2R (2014, 2018)
Other tournaments
Olympic GamesW (2016)
Career record18-36 (33.3%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 210 (25 May 2015)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open2R (2018)
French Open1R (2014, 2015, 2016)
Wimbledon2R (2016)
US Open1R (2013, 2014, 2016)
Team competitions
Fed Cup27-12 (69.2%)
Medal record
Women's tennis
Representing  Puerto Rico
Olympic Games
Olympic rings without rims.svg
Gold medal - first place Singles
Pan American Games
Silver medal - second place Singles
Bronze medal - third place Singles
Central American and Caribbean Games
Gold medal - first place Singles
Gold medal - first place Singles
Gold medal - first place Singles
Bronze medal - third place Doubles
Bronze medal - third place Mixed doubles

Monica Puig Marchán[a] (born September 27, 1993) is a Puerto Rican former professional tennis player. She is the first Puerto Rican in history to win a gold medal at the Olympics while representing Puerto Rico, having done so in 2016 at the women's singles event.[1] She is also a Central American and Caribbean champion and Pan American silver medalist. Having turned professional in 2010, Puig won two WTA singles titles and six ITF singles titles. On 26 September 2016, she reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 27. On 25 May 2015, she peaked at No. 210 in the doubles rankings. She retired as a professional tennis player on 13 June 2022. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Puig won the gold medal, the ninth overall medal at the Games for Puerto Rico. With the feat, she also became the first Latin American champion in the women's singles discipline and is the only unseeded female player to win the gold medal since the reintroduction of tennis in 1988. During her career, Puig has defeated top-ten players Sara Errani, Caroline Garcia, Angelique Kerber, Garbiñe Muguruza, Aryna Sabalenka and Caroline Wozniacki.

Early life

Monica Puig Marchán was born to a Cuban American father, José Puig, and a Puerto Rican mother, Astrid Marchán.[2] Puig stated her paternal grandparents are Catalan.[b][3][4][5]

Tennis career

Junior career

In 2007, she entered her first tournament at the Prince Cup, but withdrew from the qualifying draw.

In 2008, she started the season with a surprise run to the final of the Costa Rica Bowl (Grade 3) as a qualifier, losing in straight sets to Eugenie Bouchard. She continued her good form, winning two out of three tournaments. Puig continued good results in small Grade-3 and-4 tournaments. In her first Grade-1 tournament in Lexington, she defeated Charlotte Calhoun before going out to Lauren Embree. She continued to participate in bigger tournaments, though not with as much success as she had in the smaller ones.

Puig had her breakthrough season in 2009; she started doing much better in the bigger tournaments. She reached her first Grade-1 final in Casablanca, losing to Mai Grage of Denmark. She continued playing consistently, highlights of the latter months of the year included a semifinal appearance at a Grade-B1 tournament in Tulsa, losing to Bouchard in three sets. In her next tournament, she won the doubles title.

In 2010, she continued her success at a higher level. Puig started the year reaching the final of the 32nd International Casablanca Junior Cup (Grade A), falling easily to Sachie Ishizu of Japan. She then reached another final a week later at the Coffee Bowl (Grade 1) losing to An-Sophie Mestach of Belgium in straights. Puig followed that up with a semifinal appearance at a Grade-1 tournament in Barranquilla. Consistent results followed, before a huge Grade-A title at the 27th Copa Gerdau, defeating Jessica Pegula in the final. After a semifinal appearance at another Grade-A calibre tournament, she fell in the quarterfinals of the French Open. After that, she failed to advance past the quarterfinals of any of her tournaments until the US Open, where she lost to Yulia Putintseva. Puig finished the season with a flourish, falling in the quarterfinals of Osaka (Grade A), the final of Mérida (Grade 1) and the semifinals of Key Biscayne (Grade A), both to Lauren Davis.

In July, Puig won the gold medal in women's singles at the Central American and Caribbean Games.[6] At the Youth Olympics in Singapore, she was the second seed in the singles event but lost in the first round to Zheng Saisai of China, in straight sets.[7]

2011: Junior Grand Slam finals in Melbourne and Roland Garros

In January, Puig won the Loy Yang Traralgon International defeating Yulia Putintseva of Russia.[8] Puig was also in the juniors event of the Australian Open. She qualified for the final but lost to Belgian An-Sophie Mestach.[9][10] On February 20, Puig won the singles title in Surprise, Arizona defeating Lenka Wienerová, in straight sets.[11]

Puig received a wildcard into the qualifying draw of the Indian Wells Open. She defeated Anne Keothavong in the first round but was then knocked out by Sorana Cîrstea, in three sets.

In the juniors event of the French Open, she also qualified for the final but lost to Tunisian Ons Jabeur.

Puig won the silver medal at the Pan American Games after defeating Christina McHale of the United States to advance to the gold medal round. She lost to Irina Falconi of the United States in the final.

2012: Reaching the top 200

In January 2012, Puig entered the Auckland Open, ranked 213 in the world, and won the first and second round of qualifying matches, but lost in the last round to the No. 145 in the world, Karolína Plí?ková. On 16 January, she entered the Australian Open qualifying draw ranked 209, and lost in the second round to Kirsten Flipkens. At the $25k Andrézieux-Bouthéon tournament, she won two qualifying matches but lost in the first round to Magda Linette of Poland.

In the following month, Puig played on the qualifying draw of two WTA Tour events, in Bogotá and Monterrey, without being able to get past the first round of the main draw. She received a wildcard to play in the Indian Wells Open qualifying draw, but, in the second round, lost to world No. 66, Eleni Daniilidou. Her breakthrough came when she reached the final of the Poza Rica $25k tournament unseeded. The last two matches prior to the final included wins against tournament seeds No. 4 and 1, although she lost to second seed Yaroslava Shvedova.

The second breakthrough of 2012 occurred when she won the first $50k tournament of her career at Joué-lès-Tours, France. Puig opened the first round by eliminating the top-seed and world ranked 87, Alexandra Panova. In the semifinals, she defeated An-Sophie Mestach, the same opponent to whom she lost in the 2011 Australian Open junior final.

2013: Entering the top 100

Puig at the 2013 French Open

Puig began her season at the Brisbane International. After coming through qualifying, she reached the second round where she lost to fourth seed Angelique Kerber.[12] At the Australian Open, Puig was defeated in the first round of qualifying by Wang Qiang.

In Paris at the WTA indoor event, Puig lost in the final round of qualifying to Stefanie Vögele. Seeded eighth at the $100k Midland Classic, Puig reached the semifinal where she was defeated by top seed and eventual champion, Lauren Davis.[13]

2014-15: First WTA title, high ranking of No. 41

In May, she played and won her first WTA final in Strasbourg, defeating Sílvia Soler Espinosa. This success took her to her highest WTA ranking 41st.

In October 2014, Puig won first place at the WTA Rising Stars Invitational in Singapore. Puig defeated Zheng Saisai in two sets.[14] At the end of the year, she was world No. 59.

In this same year, she also won the gold medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico representing Puerto Rico.[15]

2016: Breakthrough and Olympic gold medal

Puig started the season strongly in Sydney. As a qualifier, she went on to defeat Magdaléna Rybáriková, Anna Karolína Schmiedlová, Samantha Stosur, and Belinda Bencic before losing in her second WTA final to Svetlana Kuznetsova.

At the Australian Open, she reached the third round, defeating Magda Linette and Kristýna Plí?ková before losing to the fourth seed Agnieszka Radwa?ska. She repeated her Australian Open success to reach the third round at the French Open, defeating Olga Govortsova and Julia Görges, before losing to the 15th seed Madison Keys. In the Eastbourne International, Puig progressed as far as to the semifinals after beating Kristina Mladenovic. She progressed on Wimbledon and faced home player Johanna Konta in the first round, in which Puig lost in two sets.

At the Rio Summer Olympics, Puig won the women's singles gold medal by defeating Polona Hercog, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Garbiñe Muguruza, Laura Siegemund, Petra Kvitová, and finally Angelique Kerber. Puig became the second unseeded player to win a medal at the Olympics after Alicia Molik had won bronze in Athens and the first athlete representing Puerto Rico to win a gold medal in any sport.[16][17] In Puerto Rico's Olympic history, Puig is the ninth sportsperson and the first woman to win an Olympic medal. She is the first Latin American representative to win the gold medal in singles and the second to win a medal, after Gabriela Sabatini won silver at the 1988 Summer Olympics.[18] In November, Puig was presented the award for Best Female Athlete in Rio 2016 presented by the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).[19][20]

She was not originally seeded at the US Open, but after a withdrawal of Sloane Stephens, Puig became the 32nd seed. She lost in the first round to Zheng Saisai, and also in doubles with Mariana Duque-Mariño to Nicole Gibbs and Nao Hibino, and concluded the season with a career best year-end ranking of 32.

2017: Loss of form

Puig was unable to replicate her success throughout 2017 and fell out of the top 50 in June.[21] By losing in three sets to Mirjana Lu?i?-Baroni in the first round of the US Open, she concluded her 2017 season without advancing past the second round of any Grand Slam or Premier Mandatory tournament. However, she did end the season on a high note by reaching her fourth career WTA Tour final at the Luxembourg Open.


Puig at Wimbledon, 2018

Puig started the season at the Auckland Open where she lost in the first round to second seed and eventual champion, Julia Görges.[22] At the Sydney International, she was defeated in the final round of qualifying by Kristie Ahn. Puig beat Sam Stosur in the first round of the Australian Open;[23] she lost in the second round to Kaia Kanepi.[24]

In February, Puig competed at the Mexican Open and was defeated in the second round by qualifier Rebecca Peterson.[25] At the Indian Wells Open, she lost in round two to 21st seed Anastasija Sevastova.[26] Puig had a great run at the Miami Open as she stunned second seed Caroline Wozniacki in the second round.[27] However, she was defeated in the fourth round by American qualifier Danielle Collins.[28] Seeded fifth at the Monterrey Open, Puig reached the quarterfinals where she lost to 2012 champion Tímea Babos.[29]

Puig began her clay-court season in May at the Madrid Open. She was defeated in the second round by tenth seed, two-time and eventual champion, Petra Kvitová.[30] Puig retired from her qualifying match in Rome at the Italian Open to Donna Veki? due to a right hip strain.[31] As a result of that injury, she withdrew from the Internationaux de Strasbourg and the French Open.[32]

Puig returned to action in July at the Wimbledon Championships where she lost in the first round to 13th seed and eventual semifinalist, Julia Görges.


Puig started her 2019 season at the Auckland Open where she lost in the second round to third seed Hsieh Su-wei.[33] In Sydney, she was defeated in the final round of qualifying by Aliaksandra Sasnovich. However, due to Naomi Osaka withdrawing from the tournament,[34] she entered the main draw as a lucky loser but lost in the first round to Anett Kontaveit.[35] Ranked 54 at the Australian Open, she was eliminated in the first round by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.[36]

Playing for Puerto Rico in the Fed Cup tie against Colombia, Puig won her match over María Fernanda Herazo. Colombia ended up winning the tie over Puerto Rico 2-1.[37] In Acapulco, she upset sixth seed Maria Sakkari in the first round.[38] She then retired during her second-round match against Wang Yafan due to food poisoning.[39] At the Indian Wells Open, she was beaten in the second round by 21st seed Anett Kontaveit.[40] At the Miami Open, she lost in the first round to Chinese wildcard Wang Xiyu.[41]

Puig kicked off her clay-court season at the Charleston Open.


Puig missed the Auckland Open and the Australian Open due to her undergoing right elbow surgery.[42]

She returned to the tour in August at the Cincinnati Open and lost in the first round of qualifying to American wildcard Katie Volynets.[43] At the US Open, she was defeated in the first round by Margarita Gasparyan.[44]

Competing at the French Open, Puig lost her first-round match to 2012 finalist and qualifier, Sara Errani.[45]

Puig ended the year ranked 105.

2022: Comeback & retirement

She made a comeback after two years at the Madrid Open where she lost to Danielle Collins in the first round, in straight sets.

Puig retired in June 2022 due to the cumulative effects of repeated injuries she sustained throughout her career.[46]


Puig has had multiple coaches in her career, including Alain De Vos (2008-2014), Ricardo Sánchez (2014-2015), Juan Todero (2015-2018), Kamau Murray and Othmane Garma (2019),[47][48] Philippe DeHaes,[49] and Diego Veronelli.[50] In August 2020, she announced the return of Juan Todero as her coach.[51] At the end of 2021 she announced Dorian Descloix will be her new coach [52]

World TeamTennis

Puig has played one season of World TeamTennis making her debut in 2019 with the Vegas Rollers for their inaugural season. It had been announced that Puig wanted to return to the Vegas Rollers during the 2020 WTT season.[53]

Personal life

Puig became engaged to Nathan Rakitt in 2021.[54], and they got married on November 11, 2022.[55]

Career statistics

Grand Slam tournament performance timeline

(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W-L) win-loss record.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.


Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W-L Win %
Australian Open Q2 Q1 2R 2R 3R 2R 2R 1R A A 0 / 6 6-6 50%
French Open Q3 3R 1R 1R 3R 2R A 3R 1R A 0 / 7 7-7 50%
Wimbledon A 4R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R NH A 0 / 7 4-7 36%
US Open Q1 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R A 0 / 8 2-8 20%
Win-loss 0-0 5-3 2-4 1-4 4-4 2-4 2-3 3-4 0-2 0-0 0 / 28 19-28 40%


  • Grand Slam performances source[56]

Olympic final

Singles: 1 (gold medal)

Result Year Location Surface Opponent Score
Gold 2016 Rio de Janeiro Hard Germany Angelique Kerber 6-4, 4-6, 6-1

See also


  1. ^ Spanish: Monica Puig Marchán,

    Catalan pronunciation: ['put?]
  2. ^ "Mis abuelos son Catalanes", "My grandparents are Catalans.


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